Team Ireland go close at the Informatics Olympics in Russia

IOI2016-Pic1Like Ireland’s 400m sprinter Thomas Barr at the Rio Olympics, Team Ireland came very close to getting a Bronze medal at the Olympics of High-School Programming in Russia.

Teofil Camarasu, a sixth year student from Dundalk Community School came within 11 points of attaining a Bronze medal among 308 of the smartest young computer programmers from around the planet. 81 countries brought delegations to the prestigious 28th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Kazan, Russia for one the toughest tests of these young students’ lives. The IOI is one of five international science Olympiads for secondary school students with this Olympiad focusing on computing science and information technology and was first initiated by UNESCO in 1989. Each student must solve 6 algorithmic problems over two days of competition, with points awarded for how quickly their coded solution runs against large data inputs.

Irish Teen Problem Solvers Win World Bronze in India

Team Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad 2016

Four young Irish language code-breakers have proved themselves among the world’s best problem solvers at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Mysore, India. The Irish secondary school students, sponsored and tutored by the Science Foundation Ireland funded ADAPT Centre, have won a bronze medal and two Honourable Mention awards at the event, which concluded on 29 July 2016.

Claire O’Connor (17) of St. Louis' High School, Rathmines, Dublin beat off competition from 180 competitors from 30 countries to secure a bronze medal. Dónal Farren (17) of St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and Pádraig Sheehy (16) of Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin won Honourable Mention awards. Just outside the awards was Richard Neville (18) of St. Andrew’s College, Booterstown, Dublin.

Team Ireland for 28th International Olympiad in Informatics chosen at DCU

AIPO-IOI Team Ireland 2016L-R: Kieran Horgan, Teofil Camarasu, John Ryan, Eoin Davey

The cream of young irish programming talent rose to the top of the AIPO leaderboard after 3 days of intensive algorithmic coding challenges in DCU this week. Four young men are on their way to the trip of a lifetime to the Olympics of high school programming in Russia in August.

Eoin Davey (18yr) from Summerhill College, Sligo, Teofil Camarasu (18yr) from Dundalk Grammar School, Louth, John Ryan (17yr) from St. Joseph's College, Thules, Tipperary and Kieran Horgan (15yr) from Davis College, Mallow, Cork have been chosen to represent Ireland at the 28th International Olympiad Informatics in Kazan, Russia.

The International Olympiad in Informatics is the world’s main informatics competition for school-age students, and was first initiated by UNESCO in 1989. This year, team Ireland will compete as individual students against over 300 students from 82 different countries around the world at the Kazan Federal University in Russia.

DCU School of Computing @ CoderDojo's Coolest Projects 2016

DCU Stand @ Coolest ProjectsDCU School of Computing and AIPO were inpired by the range of techology and talent on show at CoderDojo's Coolest Projects Tech Expo in the RDS Saturday 18th.

Now in it's fifth year, Coolest Projects, which started in DCU by ex-CA graduate Noel King, has ballooned in a spectacular showcase of almost 700 projects comprising of robots, gadgets, games, blogs and websites designed by coders between the ages of seven and 17. The School of Computing had 4 academics judging at it, with Dr. Mark Roantree having a hectic day as overall Judging Co-ordinator.

Alex O'Connor from the School of Computing said "As a first-time judge the scale of the event was almost overwhelming. The category which I looked at included many technically impressive challenges, and the entrants were all bright, enthusiastic, and suitably proud of their hard work. I suspect many of them have bright futures in technology"

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